What We Love
- Plenty of original 19th-century features
- Bright, open-plan living areas for hanging out in
- A large terrace with plenty of shade
- WiFi is free
- The best rooms are on the Gran Via
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- There’s no restaurant, but basic snacks and drinks are available
- Heating and air conditioning are (rather frustratingly) controlled from reception
- Free WiFi
Built in 1870 as the grand residence of Lady Dorotea de Chopitea, who dedicated her life to helping Barcelona’s poor and needy, Hotel Granvia is a characterful crash pad with a stellar location close to the Passieg de Gràcia. It became a hotel in 1935, and under the thoughtful eye of local designer Rosa Rossellón it has been fully revamped without losing its sense of place. Many original features remain, including an ornate plaster ceiling in the dining room, a grand central staircase and a first-floor gallery, but the space has been opened up and refreshed in a hipster palette of olive-green, lichen-gray and snowdrop-white.
Bed and Bath
Opened in June 2013 by Nuñez i Navarro, this petite 53-room hotel is already hugely popular for its reasonable rates and sleek decor. The guestrooms were inspired by New York lofts, with pale blond wood floors, flat-screen TVs and white tiled bathrooms (about half of the rooms have tubs). For the price they’re gems, though the duvets are a little thin in the winter and the double beds a little narrow. Guests who value space will be most comfortable in a twin room or in the Junior Suite, which has a four-poster bed and a sofa.
A lot of thought has gone into creature comforts at the Granvia. The breakfast room is designed for lingering, with sofas and armchairs flanking the dining tables, and free tea- and coffeemaking facilities provided 24/7. The library has a large communal table and long leather sofas surrounded by bookshelves. Tall patio doors open onto a large terrace with tables and chairs arranged within shady cabins, and there’s a secluded sunbathing area. Outdoor showers and a bar are due to be installed in time for summer 2014.
In the Area
Just a hop, skip and jump from the Passieg de Gràcia, the home of several of Barcelona’s most important Modernisme edifices, including Gaudí’s jewelbox Casa Batlló and his eye-boggling apartment building La Pedrera. It’s also the main hub of the city’s flagship designer stores and some of its best restaurants. Head for Tapas24 for stellar snacks by celebrity chef Carles Abellan, sample the country’s best wines at Monvinic, and feast on new wave Catalan cuisine at Cinc Sentits.
How to Get There
Excellent location, excellent staff, beautiful decor, super clean, comfortable beds and great showers 🚿, Also excellent breakfast buffet every morning and lovely tea in the afternoon. Raul, one of the pastry chefs, spoiled us every day with his recommendations and in the evening with Apéritifs! Lydia in the Reception always went above and beyond guiding and answering all our questions and adding her suggestions. Highly recommend The Granvia Hotel!
Possibly one of the best hotels I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. I was made to feel welcome from the moment I arrived after a long journey from India at 9:00 AM. I was expecting to be able to leave my bag in the luggage room and have to wander around Barcelona until the 3:00 PM check in, however I was pleasantly surprised when I was allowed access to my room straight away. Not only was the room comfortable and spacious for the price, the staff were unbelievably accommodating. I went for breakfast a few times which was well worth paying for considering the spread that was available. Hannah whom works in the dining room was very friendly, made you feel at home and was very helpful. I speak a handful of Spanish and I managed to (with hand gestures) make myself understood. By the end of my ten day stay I can say that my Spanish has come on leaps and bounds. The interior of the hotel and the library / dining room look and feel like the set of an Audrey Hepburn movie, classy but not over done. The hotel is in the ideal position for navigating your way around Barcelona with a metro just outside the door which also takes you to the airport by either metro (45 minutes) or train to T2 (30 minutes). The cleaning staff at the hotel were also very good and even if you had the don’t clean sign on your door asked in the afternoon whether you wanted the room cleaned. For atmosphere, cleanliness, location and staff I can comfortably give Hotel Granvia 11/10. When I come back to Barcelona I will definitely stay here again.
Very nicely located, beautiful hotel, with afternoon tea and welcome drinks included in the price. But, there is a big BUT: our room was not meant for more than one person. The restroom was ridiculously small. In case you book this hotel, be sure to choose a room that takes two people.
We stayed here for three nights. It is an easy walk to Sagrada Família, Gaudi houses, and La Rambla. Barcelona is a very walkable city Hotel Granvia makes it easy to access this part of the tourist and shopping area. Also convenient to shopping district.
Our room was comfortable and quiet facing the rear courtyard. Lots of options for breakfast, even salad, along with more typical breakfast items. We had to get to the airport early the last day and they packed us a sandwich,fruit, donut, water, and juice. The evening snack was delicious with a main dessert item, small sandwiches, and parfaits. We just ended up eating there instead of going out for dinner. Best to get to the evening snack early since they didn’t restock for late arrivals.
The front desk was always “manned” by a friendly person that spoke better English than my Spanish :-).
Bottom line, I’d stay there again if and when we go back. We loved Barcelona and felt very safe there.
This was our 2nd visit to this hotel. So, obviously we loved it so much during our first visit that we decided to come back here after 2 years. The hotel hasn’t changed much , still smells amazing and maintains the impeccable service and the overall standards. Also, I would love to thank the staff who arranged a room for us early in the morning as we arrived early after a super long flight :)
The breakfast was great and they have afternoon tea as well. The location is very convenient and you can walk to most places.
The only thing I could find fault with is that the entire hotel shakes when the metro passes beneath. We hadn’t experienced it the last time. Also, somehow the walls have got thinner as we could hear a lot of noise from the floor, people opening/closing their doors and housekeeping. It wasn’t the same the first time we had stayed here.